Golden Nuggets: Rookie Evan Fournier impresses in practice

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Along with the emergence of Kosta Koufos, Nuggets coach George Karl has been most effusive in his praise about the rookie guard from France, Evan Fournier.

In a change of practice, George Karl has been downright ebullient in his praise for the rookie two-guard Evan Fournier. Praising both his ability to learn and his willingness to work. Karl also indicated that Fournier will get increased playing time in the upcoming preseason games.

It will be interesting to see what the rookie can do considering the No. 20 overall pick of the 2012 draft was a bit controversial in some circles. While most don't expect Fours to get much playing time in the NBA this upcoming season, these preseason games will be a good look into the man the Nuggets invested a first round pick on. Hopefully, for the Nuggets sake, he flourishes and makes the Nuggets decision to give him D-League time a difficult one.

On another note, the season previews are out in full force. Both Grantland and Matt Moore from Pro Basketball Talk had previews of the Nuggets approaching season. John Hollinger also had a preview of the Nuggets, and therein contained a highly optimistic take on where the Nuggets will end up in terms of wins. As you can tell by the tone of this paragraph, I'm skeptical. I'm all for Nuggets-related myopia, but Hollinger's projection is a shade beyond what even most optimistic would fathom.

On to the Links ...

Fournier shows Karl why he deserves playing time - Mile High Sports
As discussed above, Fournier continues to impress in practice.

Nuggets struggling to open training camp, but improving, Karl says - Benjamin Hochman, The Denver Post
George Karl again compliments the rookie Evan Fournier and says the Nuggets are struggling with camp fatigue. They struggled through.

Andre Iguodala starring, leading in Nuggets training camp - Benjamin Hochman, The Denver Post
Ben Hochman talks about how much Andre Iguodala is impressing in Nuggets training camp. Good to hear.

NBA Season Preview: Denver Nuggets - Matt Moore, Pro Basketball Talk
Matt Moore has a nice season preview of your Denver Nuggets. 51 wins seem realistic.

Who are the NBA's top title contenders - Zach Lowe, Grantland
Zach Lowe of Grantland does a semi season preview. He has the Nuggets placed in the "Exciting upside, too many questions" category. His take is somewhat too cynical in my opinion.

2012-13 NBA Preview: Denver Nuggets - John Hollinger, ESPN.com (insider)
Unfortunately this is an insider-only article from John Hollinger. Lets just say that he projects the Nuggets as second place in the NBA's Western Conference and has them winning 59 games. Probably a bit ... too positive.

Nuggets gambling in Vegas for a win - Colorado Sports Guys
I join Nate Timmons on the Colorado Sports Guys podcast talking all things sports and LOTS of Nuggets. I think these are impressive takes. You should listen.

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